By earning our title, you will accomplish one of the most honorable of all endeavors, and will carry a life-long pride that many will notice, but only few attain. Here you'll find the basic physical, academic and citizenship requirements one must meet before setting out on this noble journey.



At least 17 years old at time of enlistment
At least 20 at time of commissioning
Has not reached 29th birthday at enlistment
Has not reached 28th birthday at time of commissioning
Citizen of United States
Proof of legal residency
Physical Examination
High school diploma
Bachelors degree
Recruit training at MCRD Parris Island or MCRD San Diego
School of Infantry (SOI) OR Marine Combat Training (MCT) + Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) School
The Basic School (TBS) + Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) School
One of: Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC), Platoon Leaders Class (PLC), Officer Candidate Course (OCC) or US Naval Academy


If you don't initially meet every requirement, this doesn't necessarily mean you are disqualified. If you have questions about your eligibility, a Marine Recruiter or OSO can determine if your circumstances warrant a special waiver.